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328 join fun of Joe Kollas Run

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

July 8, 2006

The first Joe Kollas Memorial Run in 1972 brought a handful of local runners to Odell on the Fourth of July to run the 7-plus miles to Jackson Park in honor of an avid Hood River Valley Runner. Sporting hiked-up running shorts, knee-high socks, shaggy hair and sideburns to make Elvis jealous, the first year’s runners pioneered an event that would take place every Independence Day for the next 34 years.

And this year, in considerably different fashion, the tradition continued. The vintage Nike runners have been replaced with high-tech shoes with air pockets and springs and the knee-high socks have all but disappeared with the sideburns. Shaggy hair is making a comeback, however.

In all, 210 runners and 118 walkers participated, making this year’s field the largest the event has ever had, which followed last year’s biggest field ever of 303.

“We had years when only 10 or so people ran,” said longtime event coordinator Mary Gumm. “I would say the growth over recent years is reflective of the overall interest in our region … Everything went well this year and it was another great run thanks to all the community support. Special thanks to H2Oregon for supplying the water stations and the Vagabond Lodge, SEGraphics and the employees of EMBARQ for their help.”

This year’s overall winner was Charlie Sunderlage, with a time of 41:03. Leo Castillo finished in a close second with a time of 41:20 and third place went to Pepe Aguilar at 42:30. The course record was set in 2002 by Ahrlin Bauman, who completed the 7.4-miles in 37:18.

Run highlights:

Overall fastest—

1st Charlie Sunderlage 41:03

Fastest female —

Judith Duffy 52:32

Grades 1-5 fastest —

Jake Brandt 1:22:49

Grades 6-8 fastest —

Jordan Abramson 59:40

Top males, grades 9-12 —

Leo Castillo 41:20

Gary Thompson 46:47

Alex Van Slyke 48:09

Top females, grades 9-12 —

Kayla Lloyd 55:01

Catherine Kiyokawa 59:51

Melissa Kaufman 1:03:30

Top males, post high to 29 —

Charlie Sunderlage 41:03

Pepe Aguilar 42:30

Ben Halseth 47:34

Top females, post high to 29 —

Stefanie Falz 54:26

Lauren Frost 55:57

Carmen Apigian 57:18

Top males, age 30-39 —

Nelson Snyder 45:21

Tom Heuberuer 48:41

Travis Hunt 48:54

Top females, age 30-39 —

Lisa Sponhauer 58:07

Stacy Birdsall 1:00:22

Melissa McElderry 1:00:22

Top males, age 40-49 —

Rutger Engbersen 48:27

Cary Mallon 54:03

Kevin Dean 55:01

Top females, age 40-49 —

Judith Duffy 52:32

Janet Schroer 55:45

Lisa Greenleaf 55:53

Top males, age 50-59 —

Terry Mallon 50:57

Walt Notter 51:39

Steve Becker 52:36

Top females, age 50-59 —

Joanne Blaxland 1:05:42

Leslie Cogswell 1:09:07

Donalda Standish 1:14:54

Top 60 and over —

Bryan Walhovd 1:03:48

Raymond Peterson 1:11:15

Don Hull 1:14:35

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